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Organic acid for pH adjustment?

August 31, 2014
Rick Donnan

I am growing organic strawberries on table-tops in peat moss.  My system is therefore very similar to hydroponics. I have found that my water pH is quite a bit too high, and I wonder if you could recommend the best options for organic pH adjustment?  My operation is small-scale commercial, so cost is a definite consideration. Read More »

Cutting Edge Knowledge Centre

August 31, 2014
Steven Carruthers

Following our story in the previous issue on a new state-of-the-art greenhouse research and training facility at the University of Western Sydney (UWS), in this issue we profile Wageningen UR University in The Netherlands, where much of the UWS design inspiration will come. Read More »

Wageningen leading the way

August 31, 2014
Wageningen University


Wageningen UR University in The Netherlands provides access to cutting edge greenhouse technology worldwide. Story by CHRISTINE BROWN-PAUL Read More »

GFIA ‘Call for Innovations’

August 24, 2014

The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), an influential event for the future of sustainable agriculture, has launched the ‘Call for Innovations’ for next year’s event, to be held from 9-10 March 2015 in Abu Dhabi. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2014. Read More »

Speaking up for the benefits of traditional vegetables

August 19, 2014
World Vegetable Centre Director General Dyno Keatinge.

World Vegetable Centre Director General Dyno Keatinge is encouraging Australian audiences to “give traditional vegetables a go” during interviews with ABC Radio at the International Horticultural Congress in Brisbane, 17-22 August 2014.

Links to listen:

Is getting our daily vegetable and fruits fix more important than we think?
666 ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Canberra, 18 August 2014

Forget tomatoes and carrots: why indigenous vegetables and fruits should be on the Australian dinner plate
ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 18 August 2014


PUP Senator lobbies for bumblebee pollination trials

August 7, 2014

A Palmer United Party Senator has lobbied Treasurer Joe Hockey for bumblebee pollination trials and a smaller mushroom growers levy, as part of Federal Budget negotiations. Jacquie Lambie has told the Treasurer she wants bumblebee pollination trials in Tasmania because there is evidence it can improve yields in tomato crops. Read More »

What is the difference in results between soil and hydroponics?

August 4, 2014
Rick Donnan

I have noticed many different claims of the advantages of hydroponics over soil growing, especially a wide variation in figures for relative yields and water use. Are there any standard and reputable data available? Read More »